Keith Tredwen Proctor 16th December 1945 – 1st July 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keith. He died on Monday evening at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Some of you will know that Keith had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for the last 7 years, and in the last 2 years it had become ever more debilitating.
On Saturday morning he suffered a series of heart attacks that left him in a very weakened state, this meant that he never regained consciousness. We are pleased to say that his passing was very peaceful, and many members of his immediate family were with him over the weekend.
It is also fortuitous to be able to say that Keith had been visited by several close family members and grandchildren in the few days leading up to his heart attack, which was great fun and clearly gave him a lot of pleasure.
Keith is survived by Val his wife and Mark, Chris and Sarah his children. They are all bearing up well, with a lot of tears but also many laughs as they reminisce. It is at times like this that the Proctor, Davies, Wallsgrove and Robertson clans greatly appreciate the blessings of an incredibly supportive wide circle of family and friends.
Keith was a very committed Christian, and his faith always guided his thoughts and actions. He found the aggressive nature of Parkinson’s very challenging, but his faith and family gave him huge comfort throughout.
He was a gentleman and a ‘gentle’ man. Also charming and polite, he put others at their ease and was always attentive and engaged, making them feel listened to. Hence why his work helping others less fortunate, whether at his church or elsewhere, was so supportive and effective. In a world where it is all too easy to criticise others he would always stand back, and often just ask the question as to whether perhaps the person being criticised had some sadness in their life at that time, and perhaps just needed support. This typical generosity of spirit meant that he was thoughtful and also great fun. Always ready to laugh and have family adventures, whether on Dartmoor or the River Dart, which he loved.
Keith was a modest man. He was an accomplished and highly respected architect, winning several design awards. Not only did he have the vision to create many new buildings that were sympathetic to their environment, but he also saved countless old buildings and brought them back from the brink of destruction to deliver new purpose and life, giving many families and disadvantaged people new homes and great pleasure so that they could build their lives together. He could see hope and purpose in what many others condemned as an eyesore. We are blessed that so many of these buildings are in south Devon adding greatly to the common good, so we are surrounded by his incredible legacy every day.
Keith was also an accomplished sailor and a former national champion of several classes. He was heavily involved in the design of the Wanderer and various marks of the Wayfarer working alongside our father, Ian Proctor. As with all of the Proctor children he was the ‘test pilot’ for many famous designs such as the Wayfarer, Wanderer, Topper, Tempest, Kestrel, Minisail, Minisprint, Gull, National 12s, Merlin Rockets, the list goes on, during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.
If you would like, instead of flowers, please could you make a donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust, either by retiring collection at the church or sent in Keith’s name to Allwood of Totnes at Station Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5LF Tel: 01803 862050.
Devon Air Ambulance like everyone else at the NHS, were amazing and wonderful throughout.